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Paddle Boarding at Summerland Point Lake Macquarie © Aleney de Winter

32 things to do in Lake Macquarie with kids

  With its enormous shimmering lake, pristine coastal beaches, swathes of unspoiled wilderness, and a cornucopia of quiet and cosy holiday towns – all just a 90 minute-drive from Sydney, and 45 minutes from the heart of the Hunter Valley’s wineries –  there is no shortage of things to do in Lake Macquarie with kids. […] Read more…

sassy young girl at at Bago Vineyard and Maze

20 Things to do in Port Macquarie with kids

Endless golden beaches, lush hinterlands abundant with wildlife, fab food and wine and Australia’s best weather? What’s not to love about dazzling Port Macquarie, home to the Birpai Aboriginal peoples for millennia, and modern day tourist hotspot. From high-adrenalin speed boat rides to gentle river cruises and wild water parks, historic theme parks to traditional […] Read more…

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Dreaming of Aussie family adventures

Like many travel loving families, we’ve been suffering from a serious case of itchy feet after the temporarily parking of our travel plans. Juggling home schooling and WFH, it felt at times like the only place we were likely to end up was at Wit’s End. But rather than letting lockdown in our tiny two-bedder […] Read more…

Davidson Plums at Sunset Ridge

10 tasty reasons to take an Atherton Tablelands food tour

Think Tropical North Queensland and you’ll undoubtedly think lush, waterfall littered rainforest fringed by the world’s most famous reef. Me? I think about food.  In fairness, it could be argued that I rarely think about much else, but after my recent sojourn into the the traditional lands of the Djirrbal, Ngadjonji, Jidabal, Barbarum and Yidinji […] Read more…

The Riley Cairns with kids

Review: The Riley Cairns with Kids

Imagine an airy and bright five-star, family friendly retreat that’s home to a flock of giant (inflatable) galahs and is big on freshness and fun, but boasts a big heart and serious green cred, right on the Cairns’ Esplanade? Let me introduce you to your new favourite Cairns hotel, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort. The […] Read more…

Madame Tussauds Sydney with kids

A-List action at Madame Tussauds Sydney with kids

If you dream of sharing the stage with rock stars, walking the red-carpet arm in arm with your favourite Hollywood hunks, challenging your sporting heroes, or getting face time with the world’s most powerful politicians, Madame Tussauds Sydney is the place to sing, chat up, race, debate and cuddle up with your favourite A-listers. In […] Read more…

Camel Riding at Anna Bay: Port Stephens with kids

Things to do in Port Stephens with kids

It’s a simple enough premise. Scale a 30-metre mound of soft sand. Grab a piece of plastic. Sit on said plastic with your knees up for balance and your fingers trailing behind you for some semblance of control. Go! Fast! Repeat! There’s so much in store at Port Stephens with kids. More than just one […] Read more…

Treetop Adventures Illawarra Fly with kids

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures with kids

Everyone enjoys a little highland fling once in a while, right? Turns out my kids are especially keen when said flinging is flung above the treetops.  We’re in the NSW Southern Highlands at the award winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, home to Australia’s premier Treetop Walk – a stunning, suspended, cantilevered one way ticket to […] Read more…

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Hi, I’m Aleney and I am not a boy, but the little dude next to me is! I’m a besotted mother, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raffles, and all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking, all-adventurous eco-warrior. Along with his intrepid sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari junior style.

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